Workers' Compensation laws apply even when you are not at your normal place of business. If you are travelling for the benefit of your employer and you are injured, you may be eligible for Workers' Compensation benefits.
Defining work-related travel can be complicated. Travelling by car, bus, airplane or other means of transportation during a business trip is considered job-related travel. As strange as it may sound, your commute to and from work is not.
Traveling for the benefit of your employer or in the course of your job would also include travel to meetings, running errands, making deliveries, and anything that you must do in the course of your job. It can even include driving to social events if your employer requires that you attend.
If you are injured while on a business trip and are injured doing non-business related activity, your injury may still be covered under Workers' Compensation. For example, if you were to slip and fall in the shower in your hotel room, it would be considered a job related injury. Even injuries that you incur while out shopping for souvenirs or during other leisure activities you participate in during your business trip may be covered.
Many workers never receive benefits because they do not realize they should file a claim for these types of injuries. If you are not sure if your injuries fall under Workers' Compensation law, the experienced Workers' Compensation attorneys at White and Stradley can help you determine whether or not you have a claim. Please contact us today to learn more.